Parameter varying control of a high performance aircraft

Jean Marc Biannic, Pierre Apkarian, William L. Garrard

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


The dynamic response characteristics of modern aircraft vary substantially with flight conditions. These changes require scheduling of the flight control system with variables such as dynamic pressure and Mach number. This scheduling can be accomplished easily for simple controllers but is much more difficult for complex controllers which result from the use of most modern control design techniques. On the other hand these complex controllers can yield significant performance improvements when compared with simple controllers. Recently Linear Parameter Varying (LP V) techniques have been developed which provide a natural method for scheduling H based controllers. In this paper LPV techniques are combined with μ, synthesis methods to develop a self-scheduled longitudinal controller for a high performance aircraft. The ability of this controller to achieve specified handling qualities over a wide range of flight conditions is demonstrated by non-linear simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGuidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
EventGuidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit, 1996 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jul 29 1996Jul 31 1996


OtherGuidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit, 1996
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego


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